The Think Project has been highly acclaimed across the UK and Europe. The initial 3 month pilot project was funded by Welsh Government Community Cohesion Fund, and was the basis for a successful bid to the Big Lottery Innovation Fund for 3 year funding to further develop the programme. The Think Project has been featured in the Guardian Newspaper, Positive News, BBC Wales and ITV News, as well as BBC2's Victoria Derbyshire Programme.
The Think Project has been shown to be extremely effective in changing attitudes, increasing understanding and building resilience to far-right extremism in vulnerable young people, and has worked with 438 young people in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. The project's external evaluation showed that most young people on the programme initially held strong and largely negative views about immigration, asylum and diversity and that these views change significantly for the vast majority (95%) of participants by the end of the programme. The project's evaluation is available to view here.
At the start of the programme 46% agreed with the statement ‘Asylum Seekers come to the UK to get Benefits’. By the end of programme these figures had dropped to just 2% agreeing with the statement.
Relevant to the UK government's Cohesion and Extremism agendas, a report on the project by Professors Ted Cantle and Paul Thomas was launched in the House of Commons in 2014 which can be viewed here. Project Seminars and conferences have been held in Cardiff, Huddersfield and London and the Think Project has been invited to conferences in Brussels and Stockholm. We are now working towards replicating the project, advised by ICSF and supported by a grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. We welcome any discussions with relevant organisations or individuals interested in working with us to broaden the reach of the Think Project.